Dennis Pitta admitted Thursday that he knows his NFL career is in serious jeopardy following a third hip injury in five years.
In his first comments since suffering a dislocated and fractured hip in OTAs, Pitta didn’t announce his retirement but acknowledged how difficult it will be to keep playing.
“I’m not delusional,” the tight end said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.
Pitta added that he’s focused on his rehab and is hopeful he can make a full recovery.
The Baltimore Ravens released Pitta with an injury waiver five days after he was hurt, but the veteran had nothing but nice things to say about the team.
“The organization has been tremendous. I’m just extremely grateful,” Pitta said, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec.
Pitta looked set to retire following his second hip injury near the start of the 2014 season, which forced him to miss the rest of that campaign and all of the following year.
However, the 31-year-old made a seemingly miraculous recovery, leading the Ravens in catches last season.
Despite the signing of receiver Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore’s passing game could still struggle without their reliable tight end.
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